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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Year in Review

View a summary of the activities at TCNP during 2016.

Check out the newest furry residents on campus---baby red foxes.

Float Your Boat 2016

Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors that helped make Float Your Boat 2016 such a huge success! Proceeds from this annual event were nearly double the amount raised in 2015 and will be used to support SEC's educational programs at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Click here to view a slideshow of the event. (photos from The Trussville Tribune/Ron Burkett)

EcoFest 2016 is set for Thursday, October 20!!

Mark your calendars for this year's EcoFest on October 20. You will enjoy a harvest supper and both live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit our environmental education programs. Please click here for more information. 

2016 JEFCO Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

On Saturday, March 19 from 9 am to 12 noon, bring your household hazardous waste to Legion Field -McLendon Park.  Items that can be dropped off include paint, motor oil, appliances, electronics, prescription drugs, ammunition, etc.  Please click here for more information. 

BioBlitz April 15th - 16th

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve will be hosting our Spring Bioblitz this year on April 15th-16th. For those of you not familiar, a BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to come together as a community and share our knowledge and hopefully learn a little along the way. Participants are welcome to come and stay as long as they would like during the 24-hour period. We will have space for camping, and will provide dinner on the night 15th (veggie chili) and breakfast on the 16th.

If you are an educator, please encourage your students to take part in this! This is really a great opportunity to inspire passion for biological diversity, and we get so few chances to do it in such a relaxed setting.

Kudzu MammaKudzu Mamma

Invasive plants, beware: Kudzu Mamma (aka Beth Borden) is after you! On display at Southern Environmental Center through March 2016, Beth's whimsical figures, animals and lampshades are made from kudzu vines. Originally introduced for erosion control, kudzu now crowds out native plants and trees. Beth's wonderful art forms certainly represents a creative response!

Click here to view photos.

Save the Date for Darter Festival 2016

This year's Darter Festival will be Sunday, April 17 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Stay tuned for more information this spring.

ReNews, the newsletter of the Southern Environmental Center

It has been a great spring for the Southern Environmental Center. The Darter Festival, held April 18 at Railroad Park, was our most successful ever. All proceeds will go to help Turkey Creek and to protect the three species of endangered darter fish that live there. Youu can read more about the Vermillion Darter and more In our Summer Edition.

SEC receives award from Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission

The Southern Environmental Center won the 2015 Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission's "First Place Award" for its work promoting environmental concepts and offering sustainability opportunities. The awards luncheon was held on July 17 at the Harbert Center.

Turkey Creek swimming hole selected

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve has once again been highlighted as a great place to cool off in the summer. Check out the photo gallery of the swimming hole in this al.com post from June of 2015.

SEC featured in University Business

In an article entitled "Giving new life to old campus space", the Southern Environmental Center was featured in University Business.